is this really one of the best restaurants in Baltimore?.
My husband and I traveled from Philly to spend a weekend in Baltimore, and we made Saturday night reservations here because we read that it was one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. From the beginning, things went wrong. We had a reservation for 9pm, and weren't seated until 9:45. While we waited at the bar for 45 minutes, the hostess didn't apologize once, explain what the delay was, or even offer to check our coats! [The bartender did give us a free drink, though, which was good].
When we were finally seated in the dining room (which was inexplicably half-empty, even though we were forced to sit at the bar for 45 minutes), we were seated at a small table in a dark corner, even though it was the end of the night and there were better tables available.
The food was not very good. My husband got a salad with what was supposed to be a parmesan cracker, but the cracker was sour, bitter and just awful -- it didn't even taste like food. I told the waitress that there was something seriously wrong with the cracker, and she might want to tell the chef to make sure they didn't serve it to anyone else, and she responded that it was "a toasted parmesan cracker, and that's the way that it tastes when they cook it." Who knows if she ever told the chef, because we never got an apology or even any acknowledgment of the complaint.
The issues that we had with the food and the service were so bad that I assume that someone important must have called out sick that night. But still, the mark of a good restaurant (and one of the reasons why you pay so much to go to them) is how the staff and managers work to make sure that you have the best experience possible even when things don't go as planned. Louisiana certainly failed in this respect.
After spending the past five years in Alabama with frequent trips to New Orleans, I was excited to fulfill my cravings of fried green tomatoes and crawfish. To be fair, I in now way expected my dining experience to be like my previous excursions along Bourbon Street and willing to look over the "crayfish" on the menu, however, I did expect good service and good food. Unfortunately, the experience did not include either one. First, the wait staff was pretty slow and unprofessional; not only did I get an eyeful of my waitress's pink bra it also took quite a while for her to wait on us despite the fact we were the only couple in her section. Second, the bread basket was full of toasted and some even burned bread (a little trick serve old, stale bread?).
Grant it, these small annoyances are petty within the grand scheme of things and perhaps alone would not have made my dining experience so disappointing, yet the fact that they were out of a couple of main ingredients on the menu made the experience incredibly frustrating. With such a limited menu, how can they be out of green tomatoes, or for that matter, anything on the menu?
Overall, the food was not too bad, but certainly not great and far from exceptional. If you want a nice Cajun meal, don' bopther and save the $$$$ and fry your own catfish.
This elegant restaurant's Cajun-style cuisine is well worth the upscale prices..
Remember "Gone with the Wind"? Louisiana evokes that same regal Southern spirit. This is a classy, upscale restaurant, where diners might half expect Scarlet O'Hara herself to descend the dining room's sweeping staircase. The menu is typical New Orleans: French in tradition, Cajun in spirit.
An apple-glazed pork chop puts a bit of Southern culture on the tip of your fork: stuffed with apple-smoked bacon, caramelized onion and pecans, it's absolutely superb. The grouper topped with creamy crayfish sauce is light but filling, with just the right amount of spiciness. Crab bisque is portioned a little on the small side, but the warm duck salad with blue cheese and raspberry vinaigrette may be the highlight of your meal. The blackened shrimp appetizer over grits is to die for.
crawfish. I am a native of CAJUN country, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans area. Crawfish boils, Mardi Gras, warm weather and very nice southern people. This restaurant reminds me somewhat of the atmosphere I miss most. One mistake people, we call them Crawfish not Crayfish, keep it real folks.
Wonderful. There is nothing that I could say that would begin to descibe this place. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to take someone out for a romantic dinner. Sit upstairs by the window sill if possible. Your sight line will give you the beautiful row homes. You will almost forget the busy street below.
Wonderful. great food,great wine and lovely atmosphere. Well worth the extra money.
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